Author(s): Kara Martin
“The Hebrew root word for ‘work’ is also the root word for ‘service’, particularly service to God in worship. By combining the two English words, ‘work’ and ‘worship’, I hope to challenge people to integrate their faith and work. Work does not just refer to what is done in paid employment. I believe God sees work as any purposeful activity requiring focus and effort. It could be housework, schoolwork, caring for children or parents, study, paid work, voluntary work, etc.” – Kara Martin
In her book, Kara explores the biblical view of work, provides six spiritual disciplines to integrate faith and work, shares practical wisdom on how to make a difference in the workplace, and offers ideas to help churches better equip their congregations to live out their faith at work.
"Kara Martin's Workship breaks new ground in the crowded field of books on Christians in the workplace. From her valuable tips on applying spiritual disciplines, to her solid theological reflection, Martin integrates practical realities of work with the biblical call to live as faithful disciples in the world." – Lynn H. Cohick, Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College
"This is an immensely helpful book. If you've heard that work for the Christian is just the place to do evangelism, or make money to support real Christian ministry, then read this book and think again. I feel blessed as a preacher, teacher and pastor by this book, but more importantly, I feel blessed as a worker for having read it." – Richard Condie, Bishop of Tasmania
Workship will be the primary text I recommend to individuals and groups who are serious about living out their faith in their work. I pray that it will be a catalyst for a movement that seeks to redeem the world of work for Christ. – Tan Soo Inn, Director, Graceworks, Singapore
"It's like a mini-retreat... Prayer and probing questions help transform her compelling words into actions. Having retreated and reflected, we can engage in the active life again, reinvigorated and empowered to engage the work-world." – Gordon Preece, Director of ETHOS: EA Centre for Christianity and Society, and also minister of Yarraville Anglican Parish, Melbourne.
Kara Martin is Project Leader with Seed, a lecturer with Mary Andrews College, and formerly the Associate Dean of the Marketplace Institute at Ridley College in Melbourne. She has worked in media and communications, human resources, business analysis and policy development roles, in a variety of organisations, and as a consultant. Kara was the Director of the School of Christian Studies for three years and has lectured with the Brisbane School of Theology, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute and Wesley Institute. Kara has a particular passion for integrating our Christian faith and work, as well as helping churches connect with workplace Christians. She is married to David, and they have two amazing adults children.